Tuesday, 10 April 2012

Northern Echo remembers editor WT Stead by launching new investigation into child sex trade

LinkThe Northern Echo today returns to one of the most famous campaigns run by its legendary editor W.T. Stead, who was one of the passengers killed when the Titanic sunk on its maiden voyage 100 years ago.

Stead made his name as a journalist by exposing child prostitution and caused a sensation by arranging the "purchase" of a 13-year-old girl.

Now the Echo is marking the centenary of Stead's death by launching an investigation into the sexual exploitation of children in 2012 in the North-East where it claims children as young as 10 are being trapped by gangs.

It reports: "MORE than a century after the former editor of The Northern Echo, Willam Thomas Stead, revealed that children were being sold for sex on the streets of Britain, girls and boys are still being sexually exploited in North-East towns and cities.

"Organised gangs are grooming children as young as ten, before luring them into a world of drugs, violence and sex for money or gifts."

  • Current Northern Echo editor Peter Barron can be seen emulating W.T. Stead by arriving arriving at work today on a horse in this video.

1 comment:

Joe Daniels said...

How depressing that we need to continue Stead's crusade over a century later. Have linked to your article in Stead's photo in a blog of mine, with another link underneath in the resources: